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1758, July 31, Fort Loudoun

Sir J am Sorry to acquaint your Excellency, with Things that j heard this Morning, which trouble me much, and may ruin me intirely. Elliot brought back again a Certificate which he recived for payments last Winter when they were going to kill the Stears, the Butchers told me they had nothing to put the meat in after is was Salted and would be Spoiled they desired to have large Casks made for the porpas, which j did, Seeing that they could not do without it. The assembly would not accept it, as he Says. When j ordered last fall the Men to the Barracks, there was wanting three Chimnies and as j was building a Guard House, j agreed with a Man to build three Strong Chimneys, & and double one for the Officer’s, and Men Guard Houses, and to plaster the Guard House for $75 and j thought a cheap bargain, j sent that Certificate to Town, and the Committee Would pay but $25 for it, the Builder himself after he had worked a Month or Six Weeks Sent for a Man to assist him, and gave $25 or 30 out of the Pokett. Mr. Coytmore Can inform your Excellency that what j say is Truth, and that j have done nothing, but what was necessary for the Fort, j heard great many more Certiicates are not accepted, if a Commissary had been here, the Publick would have been at a greater Expense. J hope you Excellency will not take amis concerning what j am writing. I am with Respect Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient and most...

1759, November 22, Fort Loudoun

Sir On the 19th Currant at night Macknamar Arrived here by him I was honoured with your Excellency’s Letter of 12th Currant next Day Captain Demere delivered the Talk to the Carpenter who Exprefs great pleasure at your Excellencys promise to take off the Black beads, as he has upon all occasions Since his Return Showen great desire of Being invited to meet your Excelly Capt Demere added to the talk that you would be pleased to Meet him with the Warriors of the middle Settlements at Keewee. Those have sent the Carprean Invitation to be of there party when they go to Meet You _____ when he first heard your talk by Elliot Read he was So much affected that he Shed tears. He could not Stomach Delivering up their Countrymen and proposed their falling on the French as the properest Satisfaction, but he has been reasoned with Since, and shewen the absurdity of Expecting traders to venture amongst them. If every Angry boy may with impunity take a whiteman’s Life he has been told that if he will heartily fall in with you excelly news, that he will Afterwards be Look’t upon as the head here but, if on the Contrary he takes part with or Endeavours to fereen the Villains who have brought So much Difstr_______ his Country he will Loose the Good character he has acquired and Your Excellys Regard; all this Seems to have made a deep imprefsion on him and I Expect he will heartily fall in to Any measures your Excellency will propose. All the Indians are Still out hunting altho Mefsengers...

1757, October 11, Fort Loudoun

Sir I am very Sorry that I had forgot to Mention to you Excellency, the Receit of the Letter of the 10th of August & that of the 21st of July, with a Pokett compass. It is impossible for me to describe how tormented I am Every Day with the Indians. Some bring their Guns to be mended & it must be done because the Carpenter told them it should be So, and you promised him; Some bring Hatchets to be mended other Padlocks to have keys made to them; others want Salt, others sometimes Meat, & great many other things, which is granted, the Thanck God they are very quiet in all the Towns. I have finished to build the Chimneys of the Barracks and have send the Men in them, they are very comfortable I have pull’d down the our of the way Hutts, & there is fine Parade to excersise the men, and when the Gueard House is finished it will be an other thing. I have made 37 Shutters for the Port Holls with Hinges and cross Bars, and as there was not a nail left, I have ordered the Smithe to Make some out of the old iron to save the little quantity that is left. Since I am here I have used but very little Flower, the other Day, I send the Baker to examine it, and that he told me would not keep long, I ordered to make Biskett ourt of it. I issue to the Men Indian Corn; and when the e one is gathered and dry, I shall buy a...

1758, May 20, Fort Loudoun

Sir hearing the beginning of last Month, that Stores and Provisions were coming to the Fort, I sent Ensn. Coytmore with a Party, to Escorte them Safe hire, on his return, he brought me, your Excellency’s Letter of ye 20th of April, he told me that he left there Mr. Turner with the little Carpenter, who is waiting there for the wagon with the Presents, and will have them divided there, so they will not be under my care here. Mr. Turner has Sent great Many Goods here to give to the Indians that will be Willing to go to Virginia along with him, what Success he will have here, I cannot tell, I am afraid very little, but as soon he sets out from hence I shall acquaint your Excellency, of the whole, he is coming with the Carpenter and the rest of the Indians. Mr. Coytmore told me that when he was at Keowee he saw Pork and Bacon for the use of this Fort, in very poor Condition, and as he wanted a Ham for his journey, he looked at great many before he could find one tolerable, some very Soft, and other Magots in them, on the 15 ultimate Mr. Morphey brought 95 Hogs very poor; I wish Mr. Steade would not Send great Quantity of flour, for I have plenty Enough, and about 700 Bushels of Corn, which I have not drawn for yet. I am digging a well in the Fort, the Man I gone 40 feet deep, and I hope ten feet further he will come to water, the Rope that was...

1758, April 10, Fort Loudoun

Sir Lieut. Col. Honorth arrived here the 5th instant and deliver’d me a Letter from your Excellency. I am afraid he sha’nt carry but few Indians with him from these Towns, for great Many are gone Towards the Frence Fort, or to the North. On the 3rd instant a Gang of 21 Indians from Satico, (who went away from the Fort, the 9th ultimate) arrived here, they brought with them two Scalps, they did Stay Some time, and seeing no Presents, they went away dissatisfied. I have enquired since of a Man that has been with them at Satico if he had heard, what nation those Scalps were of, and he told me that he was afraid, they were Creeks, for it was on their hunting ground, that they had killed them. I am Sir Your Excellency’s Most humble and Most Obedient Servant Paul...

1758, July 30, Fort Loudoun

Sir on the 20th jnstant arrived here the Express with Letters from your Excellency, and according your orders, the next Day j Sent to Chotee, to acquaint old Hopp and the rest of the Warriours, that j had Letters to Communicate to them, and desired them to appointd the Day and Place where we shoul meet. old Hopp sent me word, that he should be glad to see me ar Chotee on the 21_h accordingly j went with Ensn. Coytmore and Dr. Anderson, and in my way j took little Carpenter with me. when we came there, old Hopp Said, j am affraid my Brother, the Governer, has heard of the Behaviour of Som of our People, but j protest j am innocent of it, and wish that great many more had Suffered for their bad Conduct. When j had read to them what had happened in Virginia, and all their Recontees, they Seemed to be Sorry for it, and old Hopp Said, j told them when they went away, to be kind to the White People, but some will be Rogues; and we have to many amongst us, Expecialy the lower Towns; on which j tolk him that Some of Satico had been cncerned with the rest, and that j was well informed that they had brought with them great Quantity of Goods, belonging to the White People. j know that very well Said old Hopp, and have heard of it but what can j do, j must Call them all together, and Speack to them j desire you to come back here on the 28th and you...

1758, June 24, Fort Loudoun

Sir As Mr. Elliot is going to town j take this opportunity, to acquaint your Excellency, that on the 25th ultimate, john Brown and McClain, another Villian like him, j being afraid to be talen up Stold Horses & went away, a little Distance from the Fort, they met a Soldier Thos. Thompson of my Company who was looking after a Horse, they persuaded him to go with them to look after Beavers Traps, great Search was made after the Soldier, and jndian the night after said that Brown had hired him, to go with him down the River for Some Beavers Traps, that hw was Surprised to See them ride So hard, for theu went to a place, where the little Carpenter had left Some Canoes when he cam from War, which is 50 Miles from hence. He said that when they saw the Canow, they seemed very glad, they wanted him to go with them in the Canoe a little further, but he did not like their talk, he saw them going down the River, he then being afraid to stay there by himself, as it is the Enemy Path, he took one of the best Horses, and came away as fast as he could. Immediately j sent to old Hop and Standing Turkey to tell them what had happened, and promised 300 weight of Leather to any jndian that would go after them, and bring them a live, or their Scalps they sent me word, that it was impossible for them to go to the Enemy, because of the great Quantity of jndians in those Parts,...

1758, September 30, Fort Loudoun

Sir A few Days after enfion Coytmore went from hence Richard Smith the Linguifter came here from Fort Cumberland with a letter to Old Hop from the late Governour Mr. Glen to invite the Cherokees to go to War with the General against the French. They debated on the Subject a few Days, at last the Little Carpenter said he would go; and fixed on the twentieth of August for his Journey. He beat up for Volunteers, and went away with thirty. I received a Letter from your Excellency the Difturbances between the People in Virginia and thefe People have greatly increafed. The Indians complain that a great Number of them is killed, and feveral came Home wounded. The Party that went with Colonel Byrd is returned. They say that when they were pafsing thro’ Bedford County they met several White Men in Arms, and Thomas Beamer, who was with them as Linguifter, told the White People that they need not be afraid of them, and shewed them Orders to provide them with Necefsaries on their Way Home. But notwithftanding his orders, next Morning when they were a little Diftance the White People followed them fired upon them, and killed three of them. They came home very much enraged and talked very loudly for Revenge. It is also further reported that eight or nine more have been killed lately, while they were pafsing thro’ thofe Pask. Runners have been sent to Old Hop from the lower Towns and Middle Settlements to engage thefe People on this side the Hills to take up Arms against thofe People in Virginia that...

1759, November 23, Fort Loudoun

Sir I have Received your Dispatch of the 12th Instant and immediately I sent for the Little Carpenter, to give him your Excellency’s Talk: He seem’d to be well pleased when he heard that you was taking away the Black Beads from the string of white Wampum that you gave him, but finding that your Excellency was not mentioning to him that you wou’d be glad to see him, he grew thoughtfull on which we put at the bottom of your Talk that when you shou’d be at Keowee, you wou’d send for him with the rest of the Warriors. Now, said he, I am quite satisfied and well plesed and I am going to send a Runner to Willeway, to tel him to come immediately, and we shall consult together and do everything for the best. There are but few men in the Towns. They are all a hunting; but I am told, that Runners have been sent every where, to order them to come to their Towns. The Indians have not brought yet Charles McCunninghill to the Fort. Two days ago the Little Carpenter told me to sent five or Six men to his House, and that he wou’d hide them, and at the same time he wou’d send for McCunningham, and tell him he had something to say to him, which accordingly I did but some Bufsy Body seeing some of our Men with the Little Carpenter, went and told him to hide himself, for that we intended to take him; and the Indian that was sent, brought word that he wou’d not come: but I...

1759, December 4, Fort Loudoun

Sir I have Received your Dispatches of Nov. 23d that your Excellency sent b John Elliot: Some time before I had sent Macklemore with a Letter, but when he came to Highwafsee, he hearing that a great many indians were on the Path, in their way to Keowee, he was afraid to go further, and came back again. Mr. Elliot arrived here the 30th Ult. And the Little Carptenter was sent for immediately, when he heard that your Excellency wou’d be glad to see him, he said that his Gang was not yet come from hunting and shou’d be very glad to have them along with him, but (sais he) I hope they will be hear in two or three Days, and then I shall set off: and desired me to keep the Exprefs to go along with him. Yesterday he came to the Fort and said that his People were not yet come but Notwithstanding he wou’d set off this Day with Willeleway and two or three more: for (sais he) I find that Old Hop, grows more and more a Rogue every Day, and I am very well inform’d that he is very angrey with me, because I went to warr against the French and hafve killed severall, and that I have spoiled him scheim, and farther said, that if I was going any more to warr against the French, I shou’d not come back alive. But (sais he) I do not mind him, and I shall never consult him again. And when I see the Governour I shall give him an Account of all the Rogues....
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